US Senate Confirms Seema Verma As CMS Administrator As Health Reforms Loom


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"I am honored to be a part of this critical effort", Verma said in her remarks after taking the oath of office. "I congratulate Seema Verma on her confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)".

In the recent years she had played a key role in healthcare reforms in IN, where Pence was the Governor, and few other states such as - Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky and MI.

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Verma, a first generation American, will be in charge of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Verma is the second Indian-origin person to be confirmed for a post under Donald Trump, the first being US' ambassador to the United Nations and a former SC governor, Nikki Haley. But Verma defended the reward/penalty program during her Senate hearing, saying that low-income people are perfectly capable of making health care decisions based on the rational incentives created by her team.

Verma, who was sworn in as CMS administrator on Tuesday, implemented a similar Medicaid waiver program in Indiana.

Donnelly said, "I was proud to work with Seema Verma and then-Governor Pence to establish HIP 2.0, which is an example of what is possible when we work together".

"It's very important for our Indian-American physicians because nearly half of them work in inner cities and rural areas where these kinds of patients are in large numbers", Parikh said.

In Indiana, Verma designed a Medicaid expansion along conservative lines for Pence.

Manny Sethi, an Indian-American doctor who runs a non-profit health organisation in Tennessee, was among a group that met Trump on Monday to complain about Obamacare. The Democrats did put up substantial resistance to Verma's appointment until Republicans called a cloture vote to end debate.

McConnell was quoted as saying by USA media, "She is committed to protecting Medicare and modernising Medicaid so the programmes deliver the best results for those who need it".

She is likely to play a key role in the healthcare reform of President Trump, who has made it a priority to repeal and replace the affordable healthcare of his predecessor Barack Obama.

Verma has a tough job ahead.

It said 24 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 under the program.

"CMS accounts for one-quarter of the federal government's spending, and these programmes face hard and complex challenges that will only get worse if this administration succeeds in taking insurance away from millions of Americans by repealing the Affordable Care Act", Ms Verma said.

As the head of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, she would be heading the United States $1 trillion federal agency that provides health services to 130 million Americans.

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